THE PROBLEM

 
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1 in 3 young Australians

are experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress. Triple the number since 2007.2

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1 in 4 secondary students

are experiencing mental health problems.3

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1 in 7 primary students

are experiencing mental health problems.3

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Teacher & Principal burnout

is at an all time high.4

 

THE IMPACT

 
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1 in 5 are disengaged

On average these disengaged students are 1–2 years behind their peers, academically.5

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1 in 4 students bullied.6

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3.5 times more likely

to commit violence towards women if bullied at school.6

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Youth suicide rates at a 10 year high

Rural and regional most at risk.6

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HOW MINDFULNESS HELPS TO DEVELOP FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS

According to a meta-analysis of more than 70 studies comparing more than 6,000 school aged young people, those who practised mindfulness showed:

 
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Better emotion and behaviour regulation

than 62% of those who didn't practice mindfulness7

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Better academic performance

than 66% of those who didn't practice mindfulness7

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Lower depression and anxiety scores

than 66% of those who didn't practice mindfulness7

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Better social skills

than 64% of those who didn't practice mindfulness7

 
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How mindfulness improves students ability to learn

 
 
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1.


It improves attention8, meaning students are more capable of taking in new information without being distracted by internal reactions or preconceived perspectives.9

 
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2.


It improves working memory,cognitive flexibility, reasoning, planning, goal directed behaviour and self regulation,10 essential skills when it comes to learning new information.

 
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It reduces emotional reactivity, behavioural issues, anxiety and depression.11 This means students have fewer potential obstacles standing in the way of their learning.

 
 
 

WATCH OUR IMPACT IN SCHOOLS BELOW:

 
 
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Mindfulness practice is associated with an increase of ~16% in mental health and academic performance (relative to peers)12

 
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WHAT OUR TEACHERS SAY

 
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STUDENT FAVOURITE

I have been doing the Smiling Mind program for two years with many of the same children and they absolutely love it. They ask every day if we are going to be doing it.

 
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DANIEL, YEAR 1 & 2 TEACHER

 

We’re serious about the success of our mindfulness program in Australian schools, so we put our approach to the test.

In 2016, independent researchers evaluated the Smiling Mind program. This was one of the largest research programs worldwide evaluating a technology-assisted mindfulness meditation program in schools.

Researchers from Deakin University and InsightSRC surveyed 12 schools, 104 teachers and 1,853 students to assess the impact of the Smiling Mind mindfulness program.

The results indicated that our program can assist with students' sleep, wellbeing, managing emotions, concentration and classroom school behaviour.

 
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